McCrory is a principal with McCrory & McDowell LLC in Pittsburgh. He has been involved with many community organizations over the past two decades, including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's First Night Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. McCrory is the 30th recipient of PICPA's most prestigious award.
"It's nice to get the recognition, but the more important thing is the effort to promote Pittsburgh communities," McCrory said.
McCrory has a deep fondness for his hometown. He is chair of First Night Pittsburgh, an outdoor, nonalcoholic event on New Year's Eve for families who want to experience the city's art and tourism attractions. He has been chair of the board of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and oversaw the fundraising and construction of the organization's aquarium. It is just the fifth zoo in the U.S. to have both a zoo and an aquarium. McCrory has also served as chair for the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and helped get the organization out of financial strife. McCrory remains active on the boards of these organizations as well as many others.
"Pittsburgh is really an underappreciated city, often by the people that live here," McCrory said. "When visitors come here, they say `Wow, this is a cool city.'"
PICPA's Distinguished Public Service Award is the highest honor given to one PICPA member each year who makes an outstanding difference in his or her community. The recipient is selected by a panel of judges that includes legislators, media, nonprofit organizations, and the most recent Distinguished Public Service Award.